The area once known as Bacchus pool bar has recently undergone a makeover and relaunched as Soleil Pool Bar, a new summer spot in South Bank to be enjoyed by Brisbanites from sunrise to sunset.
Soleil Pool Bar is all about celebrating the sun. A chic palette of gold, white and timber decorates the space and creates an air of elegance on the podium level at Rydges South Bank. Sun yourself on the pool deck or lounge around the main bar while DJs spin soundtracks of summer and a team of mixologists stir, shake and serve a brilliant array of cocktails. Soleil invites you to enjoy a poolside party vibe with a little bit of glamour as Brisbane settles in for a summer of fun in the sun.
A giant LED screen embedded in the ceiling above the main bar begs to steal your attention, but it is behind the bar where the magic happens. An extensive cocktail list sees creativity, flair and a passion for the art of mixology extend well beyond the meagre mojito. She's A Daydreamer ($18) alludes to childhood as Belvedere pure vodka, lemon and vanilla syrup, raspberry puree and lemonade fizz over a scoop of vanilla ice cream (complete with a paper straw).
The Sloe Loris Adventure Time ($19) will have you licking your lips as you sip a balanced combination of Hayman's London Dry Gin, Hayman's Sloe gin, Massenez Creme de Mure, lemon, pomegranate tea and orange bitters. Ra, The Egyptian Sun God ($19) is a powerful tiki cocktail designed to honour the magnificence of summer, while Velvet Downtime ($20) — made with Patron XO Cafe Dark and fresh espresso and topped with dark chocolate shavings — is best described as sipping on tiramisu.
The folk tending bar have a penchant for theatrics, but we don't want to spoil all the surprises. If the multitudes of pages seem overwhelming, the welcoming staff relish in the opportunity to give recommendations. Alongside cocktails, the menu is rounded out with punches to share, international and Australian wines by the glass or bottle, and a selection of draught and bottled beers.
As sister venue to Brisbane culinary gem Bacchus, Soleil isn't just about the drinks. Morning, noon and evening menus offer guests a wide selection of snacks tailored to poolside dining. For a light breakfast try the granola parfait ($14) or housemade toasted fruit and nut loaf ($9). As the day wears on, graze on a selection of pizzas ($18-22), charcuterie ($32) or a cheese board ($24) as you soak up the sun. Food is served until 10pm.